South Africa’s imported wine volume in the U.S. has increased 13 percent for 2017 over the same period of 2016, according to a second quarter Gomberg-Fredriksen report. As South Africa’s wine industry continues to ripen with discovery for industry and consumers, Wines of South Africa (WOSA) U.S. said it predicts continued growth in this sector. The modernization of South Africa’s wine region and resulting influx of industry leaders championing the region has driven recognition further. South Africa’s first black female winemaker, Ntsiki Biyela, owner of Aslina Wines and former winemaker of Stellakaya, was recently named one of the “Most Innovative Women in Food & Drink” by Food & Wine Magazine and Fortune Magazine. Sam Timberg, managing director and VP of sales of Meridian Prime, was named to the Wine Enthusiast 40 Under 40 Tastemakers list.